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Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays

In case you haven't noticed, I have been out of the blogging scene for a few (by a few I mean a lot) months now.  There was a lot that happened in 2014.  Some good, some not so good - but I vow that this blog is not a place to harp on the negative, I look at the positive and think of what is to come.  I stopped writing at the end of march because life got to be a little too much.  As many of you know, I lost my dad to Pancreatic Cancer at the beginning of April.  Through that experience, I have learned that each day is a blessing.  Each moment is to be cherished.   The dishes will get done....at some point; the laundry will get folded....eventually.  But you'll never get back that moment with your child giggling for whatever reason.  Cherish those moments.  Live in the moment!

As we wind this year down, I promise to keep sharing my thoughts with you, my funny moments with you, and hopefully let you know that no one is ever in this crazy world alone!  There is always someone living the crazy....and it's probably me, so feel free to share.

To everyone, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, that you spend time with those you love, and you continue to make memories.  Always live life to the fullest, don't take anyone or anything for granted.  Tomorrow is never a promise, it's always a blessing!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hakuna Matada

"It means no worries, for the rest of your days.  It's our problem free, philosophy, Hakuna Matada."   This is how we started our weekend a few weeks ago. All five of us have been under a lot of stress over the last few months... With work, school, family.  Not anything that others aren't experiencing too but it just seems to be catching up to us.  Foster and I drove home one night singing along with our Sesame Street channel on Pandora.  Right as we pulled in the driveway, the song from "Lion King" came on.  Aiden and Collin came out to help unpack the car and the next thing I knew all of our bags were dropped on the front lawn and we were dancing and singing "Hakuna Matada."  And for one moment, we had no worries. We were happy and carefree without a worry in the world.  I wish I could hold onto moments like this forever.  Let go and dance. Be carefree and worry free, even if it's only for a moment.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Let Go of Fear and Be ProActive

I wrote this a few weeks ago and then got so busy I haven't had time to post anything.  Hopefully, I will get back on track.  But if you don't read any other blog posts, please read this one.  It's so important to take charge of your health!

Okay, I’m not saying all fear – because some things I’m just not going to be able to get over, like my fear of heights, or my fear of spiders, or my fear of sitting next to stinky people in Jail overnight (don’t ask).  But, fear of going to the doctor.  Everyone has a bit of apprehension when they go to the doctor (I hope they don’t find anything, what if they tell me something is wrong, what if they tell me I need to change my diet, etc., etc., etc.)  I have a fear of needles – I don’t know why, I just do.  I DO NOT LIKE GETTING SHOTS.  How I made it through two pregnancies, I’ll never know, but I did and I am proud to say I got epidurals with both – AND SURVIVED!  But that still doesn’t mean I like needles.  And for two years my doctor has been telling me that I need to have my cholesterol checked.  Which means I have to go to a primary care physician and get a physical.  Not something that I am looking forward to, which is why I have been putting it off.  But this is my year of conquering things and letting go – so I am going to let go of my fear of needles, and physicals, and I am going to schedule my annual physical.  And from here on out, I am going to go every year and get one – EVERY YEAR!  Here’s to a healthy me!  Who’s with me?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

2 Kids, a Husband and a Job: Relax, Release, Relate

2 Kids, a Husband and a Job: Relax, Release, Relate: Anyone remember Whitley saying this on "A Different World?" As funny as it was back then, it actually is so true.  Through the str...

Relax, Release, Relate

Anyone remember Whitley saying this on "A Different World?" As funny as it was back then, it actually is so true.  Through the stress of day to day life, plus any added things that God decides to throw my way, I feel my anxiety rising, I feel my patience wearing thin... and then I hear this monster, yelling at my kids, my husband, and anyone else that doesn't do what I ask them to do right when I ask them to do it.  I can also tell when stress is getting to me because things that don't bother me, all of a sudden are a big deal.  I actually took a week off from writing because things were getting to be too much.  I'm trying to teach myself to check out, to breathe, and to think about what's really important and what truly needs my attention.  It's so easy to let everything overwhelm you, but if you relax, release, and relate, your priorities fall into place.  Have a great week!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It Doesn't Matter if You Win or Lose, It's How You Play the Game

These words were said by my dad before every church league basketball game.  Go out and play your hardest, if you gave it your all, then that's all anyone can ask for.  And it's so true, and so relevant today with everything going on.  I realized this week, I don't always win, I don't always come out on top, as long as I give it my best shot.  Just one of the many life lessons taught to me by my dad.  I have to say, while I have a lot of my mom in me, I have learned so much from my dad, especially when it comes to being honest and ethical, helping others out, and giving it my all every time I do something.  I truly believe that's why I am where I am today (Thanks, Dad!) And that's why, even with setbacks, I am going to get where I need and want to go.  So, this week has been a week of reflection (as well as a week of cold, stomach bug, and stress).  Reflect on the things that you have, where you have been, and the lessons you have learned along the way.  Look forward to the future and all that is holds.  Live each day to the fullest and appreciate everything and everyone around you.  So, for everyone out there, in the game of life, remember these words, "It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game."

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Progress

As we enter into a new week, we reflect on the last week to see what we accomplished and what we need to improve upon.  I will say that the snow definitely helped me because it gave me a little more time to work out during the day, which I am proud to say happened 4 times last week!  (Woohoo!) but I was actually able to work it into my schedule at work one day too, which was a since of accomplishment.  I am slowly remembering why I used to work out 4 days a week before I was married.  It is a wonderful stress reliever.  And believe me when I say I have a lot of stress right now.  But I am realizing that just by being able to "sweat it out" a little, I already feel like I am in a better frame of mind.  I feel good.  And I even treated myself to some new workout gear over the weekend.  A few things happened this week that reminded me, though, that I still have a lot of work to do with letting things go.  I am still getting my feathers ruffled by what people say or what they do.  One thing that I have to remember:  If I am going though a lot, then I am sure other people are experiencing issues that are stressful to them.  I have to remember that the world does not stop if I have a bad day.  Other people are entitled to bad days too, right? So, things to remember for the week ahead....keep working exercise into the schedule and take the time to ask someone how they are doing.  It can mean so much to that someone.  Happy Week, everyone!